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Vermont Retail & Grocers association awards $15,000 to 2018 scholarship recipients

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 2:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA) is proud to announce their 2018 scholarship recipients. Over thirty applicants applied for ten scholarships, seven of which are based on financial need and merit and three of which are based on merit alone. Applicants must be affiliated with a VRGA member in Vermont and be a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited two or four year postsecondary school.

Vermont maple production down, still nearly half of US crop

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:44pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The 2018 sugaring season was a long and productive season for Vermont’s sugar makers. Once again Vermont led the nation in making maple syrup, producing nearly 2 million gallons of the sweet product. It means about half of the maple syrup produced in the United States (46.6 percent) is made in the Green Mountains. The 2018 total was 1.94 million gallons, down 2 percent from 2017 (1.98 million gallons), which fell just below 2016's record level (1.99 million gallons).

FoodScience Corp pushes minimum wage to $15 an hour

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a continuing commitment to investing in the growth and success of its employees and the Vermont community, FoodScience Corporation today announced that it will increase the company’s minimum wage across the business to $15 per hour.  The change will impact all hourly employees, and represents a second wage increase this year for these employees.

New Burlington development to house Vermont Innovation Commons

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Works and Cambrian Rise announce today a collaboration which will position the North End of Burlington as an innovation district for the City of Burlington.  Cambrian Rise is a newly planned inclusive community with residential and commercial uses situated on the site of the former Roman Catholic Archdiocese between the New North End and Old North End, making it an ideal setting for the Vermont Innovation Commons. Construction and development of the property is currently under way.

VW to pay Vermont $6.5 million to settle 'clean diesel' suit

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today a $6.5 million settlement with Volkswagen and related entities Porsche and Audi. The settlement resolves alleged violations of Vermont’s consumer protection laws involving VW’s false advertising claims about so-called “Clean Diesel” cars and the diesel engine emissions scandal. Under the settlement, VW has agreed to pay Vermont consumers up to $1,000 for every qualifying vehicle. Vermont is one of two states in which consumers will receive restitution payments as a result of a state enforcement action. Vermonters will receive a total of $2.9 million in direct consumer restitution. Vermonters are eligible to receive payments regardless of whether they have received money from other VW-related settlements. VW will also pay $3.6 million into the State's general fund.

UVM Medical Center nurses vote 'Yes' to authorize strike, if needed

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont Medical Center nurses voted to authorize a strike at the region's largest hospital, with 94 percent voting “yes" in polls held over the past three days. The results were revealed Wednesday morning. Seventy-two percent of nurses in the bargaining unit participated in the vote, which enables the union to call a strike when the contract expires on July 9 if negotiations fail to make progress.

At issue, the union said in a statement, is the chronic understaffing of the hospital and clinics. 

Tech Meetups will keep Meeting Up thanks to fresh funding

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Code’s drive to make Burlington the tech center of Vermont and New England just received renewed support from the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) to keep up the meetups. Volunteer-run Burlington Code, which brings together the tech community of software professionals and hobbyists through regular, free meetups to share knowledge, foster collaboration, and keep careers and companies competitive, has produced more than 104 meetup events in the past 26 months, and welcomed an average of 30 people at each event.

WCC of Grafton reveals $20,000 scholarship awards and Centennial gala benefit

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 3:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Women’s Community Club (WCC) of Grafton, celebrating its centennial this year, is pleased to announce the seven winners of its annual scholarships to benefit Grafton students. The scholarship awards are based on scholastic achievement, financial need, community involvement and extra curricular activities/work commitments at school. The WCC will award a total of $20,000.

Hazelett selected as supplier for massive JW Aluminum expansion

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 4:48pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Colchester-based Hazelett Corporation confirmed Monday that the Hazelett Twin-belt Continuous Casting Process will be utilized for the JW Aluminum expansion. The state-of-the-art Hazelett product is a centerpiece of the new 220,000-square-foot JW building, ultimately resulting in 175 million pounds of new capacity. Online trade publication said JW is investing $255 million in the South Carolina plant.